Previous four editions of ECCA

The biennial European Climate Change Adaptation conference is convened by projects that have received funding from the European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programmes.

In 2010, the first global conference on adaptation was held in Gold Coast, Australia under the umbrella of the UN Environment Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). This marked the beginning of the biennial Adaptation Futures conferences, and inspired a group of European participants to organise Europe-focused events in alternate years. The European Commission supports the conference series, managing the events together with the project coordinators of three EU-funded adaptation research projects.

The 4 previous editions were about: 

  1. 2019 - European Climate Change Adaptation Conference | 'Working together to prepare for change' - Lisbon, Portugal, 28–31 May 2019 (website)

    Held for the first time in southern Europe, this conference’s edition brought together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss recent advances in climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) research, policy and practice, and aimed to inspire collective climate action. Around 1200 participants attended the 96 Science-Practice and Science parallel sessions. These were organised by the scientific and practice communities to present the current state-of-the-art and to inspire action along the six identified ECCA themes.
    PLACARD, BINGO and RESCCUE were the EU-funded projects behind the fourth ECCA.

  2. 2017 - European Climate Change Adaptation Conference | 'Our Climate Ready Future' - Glasgow, Scotland, 05–09 June 2017 (website temporary unavailable)

    The vision for ECCA 2017 was to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. The City of Glasgow welcomed over 850 people to the third ECCA, which featured for the first time a business and innovation programme.
    Contributions from young speakers stressed the need for deeper involvement of young people in climate action and policymaking at all levels. A challenge embedded into the city’s school curricula led to an exhibition by local school children of their imaginative solutions to Glasgow’s flooding problems.
    ECCA 2017 was organised by the EU-funded IMPRESSIONS, HELIX and RISES-AM projects.

  3. 2015 - European Climate Change Adaptation Conference | 'Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practice and business' - Copenhagen, Denmark, 12–14 May 2015 (website

    More than 750 participants from 46 countries took part in ECCA 2015 in Copenhagen. The conference offered a platform for researchers, policymakers, and businesses to share new research results, novel policy developments, and practical implementation experiences on climate change impacts and adaptation. Opportunities for business innovations to support the transition to low carbon societies were also highlighted.
    Sessions were designed to combine knowledge, policy, practice and business as well as showcase how climate change adaptation in Europe can contribute to job creation and other societal benefits.
    BASE, RAMSES and ToPDAd were the EU-funded projects behind the second ECCA.
  4. 2013 - European Climate Change Adaptation Conference | 'Integrating Climate into Action' - Hamburg, Germany, 18–20 March 2013 (webpage)

    The first ECCA was organised by EU research projects RESPONSES, CLIMSAVE, MEDIATION and ClimateCost, covering a broad range of adaptation issues. The conference focused on understanding and assessing adaptation in action with topics covering risk and vulnerability assessments, governance, and impact and effectiveness studies, as well as the economics of adaptation.